I felt pretty hashtag blessed when Joel and I got to travel to the Dominican Republic last weekend. We flew to Punta Cana for Joel’s BFF’s wedding and it was a freaking blast! Originally the couple getting married, Cyntia and Dave, looked into hosting their wedding in Cyntia’s hometown of Sao Paola, Brazil, but knowing it would have been a pain in the butt for their American friends to get visas (not to mention it would have been ungodly expensive), they decided to have a destination wedding halfway between their places of birth. Make it a vacation for everyone!
We spent 5 days at an all inclusive resort right on the Caribbean. It was heavenly… I’m still rocking the remnants of a splotchy, uneven sunburn. We packed the “good” camera with the intention of using it everyday to take blog photos, but actually used it zero times. Sorry not sorry! We were on island time… Here is our trip in iPhone pics:
I still can’t get over how turquoise the water is! So freaking beautiful!
On the beaches by the resorts in the Dominican, you can expect a lot of people trying to sell stuff to dumb tourists. Hats, flip flops, boating excursions; you name it, they’re selling it. The only thing we spent money on was taking pictures with a monkey named Mickey. I mean, how could we not?! Best $20 Joel ever spent…
Our trip was extremely chill. Joel and I didn’t go on the boating/swimming with sharks excursion that the rest of our group went on because we didn’t land in the Dominican until Friday (we were going through immigration and customs while everyone else was having fun), we spent our time at the beach and the pools drinking Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, and Dominican Beer. Joel did have a small altercation with a sassy Frenchman who wrongly accused us of stealing his beach bed and spent the rest of the trip in his Team America tank top.
One of my favorite parts of our trip was getting to spend time in paradise with my cousin/BFF/matron on honor! She is a riot! When she vacations, she goes hard… the locals called her “blanca chica loca”, or “crazy white girl”. While I was busy falling asleep at 8:30 p.m. she was out dancing the night away. Christina will be in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to help with all of our last minute wedding stuff and I can’t wait!
Lots and lots of beach time. RIP my Quay Australia glasses that the Caribbean now owns.
Oh, pro tip…. everything in the mini bar at an all inclusive resort is all included… FREE TEQUILA AND OREOS!
We went on a Mangrove tour. Mangroves are trees. Cool.
I have to say, this is the first vacation I went on where I packed expertly. For 5 days I brought 5 bikinis, 3 dresses, 2 t shirts, 1 pair of shorts, a maxi skirt/crop top, and I wore everything. We did pack two full bottles of bug spray (with DEET), but I still managed to get eaten alive by mosquitos… those assholes love me.
We stayed at Paradisus resort, which was great for a big group of people. All inclusive resorts are like a Cruise mixed with a Summer Camp, interpret that however you want. This relaxing beach trip was just what the doctor ordered, it literally cleared up my sinus infection. Now there are just 15 days until we embark on our European honeymoon adventure!